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>Catholic Church News From Four Corners of the Earth


  1. 15 min ago | Guardian Unlimited
    A A A’ Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin slammed Irish Catholic orders Monday for concealing their culpability in decades of child abuse and said they needed to come up with much more money to compensate victims.


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    The crowning of Mary’s head with a crown as iconographical motif can be traced back to the middle of the 12th century.


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  3. 31 min ago | The Oregonian
    The Vatican on Monday urged Catholics in China’s underground and official churches to take urgent, practical steps at reconciliation and forgiveness.


  4. 59 min ago | KABC
    Web surfers can now send virtual postcards of Pope Benedict XVI to their Facebook friends or follow the pontiff’s travel on their iPhones.


  5. 1 hr ago | Newsday
    AFTER SURGERY: Archbishop Edward Gilbert celebrates mass at the St Theresa’s RC Church, WoodBrook,yesterday. The mar from surgery is seen on the Archb… In celebration of World Communications Day, Archbishop Edward Gilbert urged Catholics to spread the gospel to and through cyberspace.


  6. 1 hr ago | Cool FM
    Ireland’s most senior Catholic cleric, Cardinal Sean Brady, today called for a controversial compensation deal for victims of child abuse by religious orders to be looked at again.


    Related Topix: Religion, Pope Benedict XVI
  7. 1 hr ago | Cool FM
    Massgoers in Northern Ireland have heard apologies for the child abuse scandal in the Republic.


  8. 1 hr ago | Fides News
    On Sunday, May 24, the Holy Father Benedict XVI made a pastoral visit to Cassino and Montecassino.


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  9. 1 hr ago | Fides News
    After the Mass celebrated in Piazza Miranda, in Cassino , the Holy Father Benedict XVI led the recitation of the Regina Caeli.


  10. 1 hr ago | Fides News
    After the Mass and the Regina Caeli in Piazza Miranda in Cassino, the Holy Father Benedict traveled to the Abbey of Montecassino.


  11. 1 hr ago | Fides News
    On Sunday, May 24, in accord with the ‘Day of Prayer for the Church in China’ established by Pope Benedict XVI in the Letter to Chinese Catholics written May 27, 2007, Chinese Catholics throughout the world prayed for the Church in China, in accord with the Holy Father’s intentions.


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  12. 1 hr ago | Fides News
    ‘The small Catholic community of Nepal is really shocked and saddened at this violent attack on the peace-loving and non-violent community.


  13. 1 hr ago | Telegraph Herald
    DESOTO, Wis. — Stanley “Buck” Arthur Walleser, 53, of rural DeSoto, formerly of Waukon, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2009, as a result of a work accident.


  14. 1 hr ago | Normblog
    A Climate of Fear Almost 30 years ago, in October 1979, over one million Irish people gathered in the Phoenix Park in Dublin to receive a benediction from the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II.


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  15. 1 hr ago | The Independent
    … 2 per cent increase over the period while the evangelical “new” churches gained 38 per cent. Even the Roman Catholic Church declined from 1,715,900 to 1,230,100, but last week spokesman Father Kieron Conry was predicting a change in fortunes. “I do …


  16. 1 hr ago | The Straits Times
    DUBLIN Archbishop Diarmuid Martin slammed Irish Catholic orders on Monday for concealing their culpability in decades of child abuse and said they needed to come up with much more money to compensate victims.


    Related Topix: Religion
  17. 2 hrs ago | Nationalist
    Ireland’s most senior Catholic cleric, Cardinal Sean Brady, has called for a controversial compensation deal for victims of child abuse by religious orders to be looked at again.


    Related Topix: Religion, Pope Benedict XVI
  18. 2 hrs ago | The Sligo Champion
    Senior Catholic bishops are due to consider last week’s shocking report from the Child Abuse Commission at a meeting in Maynooth today.


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  19. 3 hrs ago | The Post-Standard
    … forward to now that Northeast Biofuels has been sold. The new bishop for the Syracuse diocese of the Roman Catholic Church will be installed Tuesday. People drove in from all across Central New York and the country to help Dinosaur Bar-B-Que …


  20. 3 hrs ago | Slam Sports
    Pope Benedict XVI has entered the world of social networking sites and smartphones with a Vatican portal that includes Facebook and iPhone applications.


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>Mormons Dedicate History Library: David McCullough Speaks


May 19, 2009

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David McCullough, Award-Winning Historian and Author, Visits Church History Library

SALT LAKE CITY —15 May 2009 —Two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning author David McCullough told Church History Library employees recently that “history doesn’t stay alive unless it’s looked after.”
McCullough made his remarks at the soon-to-be-dedicated Church History Library in downtown Salt Lake City. For a little over an hour, he shared stories about his experiences studying the Founding Fathers, including what they wrote and what they read, and emphasized the value of learning history.

David McCullough speaking inside the soon to be dedicated Church History Library. © 2009 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

McCullough also praised those in attendance for providing a tremendous service to the country. “You are truly doing the Lord’s work, because it matters. And if we don’t do it we are not fulfilling our responsibility as citizens. Not just as members of the Church but as citizens.”
Speaking of Church history, the two-time National Book Award winner expressed his appreciation for what he called the “epic” story of the Latter-day Saints. “You are caring for a national treasure here. The story of the Latter-day Saints, of Joseph Smith, of Brigham Young, and that incredible migration here is a great American story.”

Church History Library in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. © 2009 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

In 2006, McCullough received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest award a United States citizen can receive. A public open house will be held at the library on 12–13 June, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and no ticket is required. The library officially opens 22 June.
This article was prepared by the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Newsroom at

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>Have You Been In An Unusual Church Lately?


20 Unusual Churches (Part I)

By Village Mayor • Oct 25th, 2008 • Category: Architecture, Latest Post, The Best of Village of Joy window.google_render_ad();

Is there a God? This must be the most popular and most often asked question of all times. Well, I can’t help you there, sorry.
This post is not about religion, it’s about architecture. Not just architecture, but unusual architecture, and to be more exact – unusual churches. I am sure that there are hundreds and thousands of beautiful churches around the world, but only very very few are so odd, that you would definitely take a camera and take a picture. If you are interested, here’s the list of 20 unusual churches that I found.
P.S. if you know or have a picture of an unusual church, send it to us (email on about page).

1. The Church of Hallgrímur, Reykjavík, Iceland

(Image Credits: Stuck in Customs)
The Church of Hallgrímur is very very unusual, never seen anything like that.
This Lutheran parish church is also a very tall one, reaching 74.5 metres (244 ft) height. It is the fourth tallest architectural structure in Iceland.
It took incredibly long to build it (38 years!) Construction work began in 1945 and ended in 1986.
The Architect of this building is Guðjón Samúelssondesign.
More info: Hallgrímskirkja

2. Cathedral of Brasilia in Brasilia, Brazil

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(Image Credits: Victor Soares, Agência Brazil)

This is a very famous Cathedral of Brasília designed by Oscar Niemeyer. It looks really modern but somehow childish to me. These columns, having hyperbolic section and weighing 90 t, represent two hands moving upwards to heaven.
The construction was finished in 1970.
More info: Cathedral of Brasília

3. Paoay Church (St. Augustine Parish) in Philippines

(Image Credits: Storm Crypt)
Paoay Church reminds me of Aztec architecture. It looks very massive and strong. The walls of the church are 1.67 meters thick and are supported by 24 carved and massive buttresses.
Its construction started in 1704 and was completed in 1894 by the Augustinian friars led by Fr. Antonio Estavillo.  It is said, that Its construction primarily was intended to withstand earthquakes. And it could test the strength of the walls very soon, because  the church was damaged by an earthquake in 1706 and 1927.
The design of the church is a mixture of Gothic, Oriental and Baroque influence.

4. Duomo (Milan Cathedral) in Italy

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Duomo looks incredibly tall and majestic. It even has an evil and scary look in this picture. After checking the Wikipedia for more info I found there were more photos of this cathedral, but they don’t look as cool as this photo here. Maybe its just an illusion made by a good photographer that this building is so amazing.
On the other hand, Mark Twain said the following of the Duomo in Milan in his work, Innocents Abroad:
“They say that the Cathedral of Milan is second only to St. Peter’s at Rome. I cannot understand how it can be second to anything made by human hands.”
More info: Wikipedia.

5. Church Ruins in Goreme, Turkey

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The rock cut ruins of a church by persecuted Christians.
Not sure when it was built, but definitely look very ancient. How did those guys carved the inside of these rocks?
The Cappadocia valley, where this church stands, is very popular for its rocks that the people of the villages at the heart of the Cappadocia Region carved out to form houses, churches, monasteries.
There are an estimated 150 churches and several monasteries in the canyon between the villages of Ihlara and Selime.
Those rocks are volcanic deposits, so that means they are soft rocks, making it possible to carve such structures.

6. Green church, Buenos Aires, Argentina

(Image Credits: Magda-50)
Don’t have info about this church, nevertheless it’s very unusual. I have never seen a church so green, have you?
Michael: “a parish church in Buenos Aires, Argentina known as the “Huerto de Olivos”, or “Garden of Olives,” most likely a reference Gethsemane, on the Mount of Olives”

7. Borgund Stave Church, Lærdal, Norway

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Stave churches may have been very usual all over medieval northwestern Europe but now you can only find them in Norway. Well ok, there is one one in Sweden, but nowhere else.
Borgund stave church located in Borgund, Lærdal, Norway is the best preserved of Norway’s 28 extant stave churches. This wooden church, probably built in the end of the 12th century, has not changed structure or had a major reconstruction since the date it was built.
Interesting fact: the church is also featured as a Wonder for the Viking civilization in the video game Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings.

8. Paraportiani Church, Mykonos, Greece

(Image Credits: marcelgermain)
I will just cite, what the author of this picture wrote about it:
Paraportianí Church is one of the most famous architectural structures in Greece. Its name means secondary gate, because it was built on the site of one of the gates of the Medieval stone walls. Some parts of this beautiful church date from 1425 and the rest was built during the 16th and 17th centuries. ”

9. Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

(Image Credits: Wolfgang Staudt)
I have never seen anything as incredible as this building! Never been to Spain, but if I ever happen to do so, I will definitely include Sangrada Família on the must-see list. I wonder, how does it look in reality?
Sagrada Família is a very massive Roman Catholic basilica under construction in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Construction began in 1882 and continues to this day. A very famous architect Antoni Gaudí worked on the project for over 40 years, devoting the last 15 years of his life entirely to this endeavour.
In the center there is going to be a tower of Jesus Christ, surmounted by a giant cross; the tower’s total height will be 170 m (557,7ft).
There is so much info on this one, that you should check Wikipedia.

10. St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow, Russia

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Cathedral of Saint Basil the Blessed , is a multi-tented church which stands on the Red Square in Moscow.
This church looks really cool, because It has very unusual onion domes which look playful and colorful. Sometimes people even say, that they remind them of lollypops.
The cathedral was built in 1555 -1561 by  Ivan IV (a.k.a Ivan the Terrible)  to celebrate  the capture of the Khanate of Kazan.
A legend says that Ivan had the architect, Postnik Yakovlev, blinded to prevent him from building a more magnificent building for anyone else. In fact, Postnik Yakovlev built a number of churches after Saint Basil’s.
More info: Saint Basil’s Cathedral

11. Church in Stykkishólmur, Iceland

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This church in Iceland looks really weird, like some alien structure. If you have more info on that one, let me know.
Update: It was built in 1990 and the architect is Jón Haraldsson.

12. Basilica de Higuey, Dominican Republic

(Image Credits: Fernando Rossi)
Basilica de Higuey is located in the city of Higuey, Dominican Republic. Its unusual look reminds me of a basket.
The church is one of the most respected monuments of the Dominican Republic. The basilica was inaugurated on January 21, 1971, and was built by French architects.

13. Grace Fellowship Baptist Church, Baltimore, MD, USA

(Image Credits: Derek Farr ( DetroitDerek ))
This strange building is actually a church. Once it was famous for being “Detroit’s most beautiful Chinese-American restaurant”. Later it closed down and became the Omega Baptist Church and then the Grace Fellowship Baptist Church. Located at 265 Baltimore, MD, USA.

14. Las Lajas Cathedral in Colombia

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Las Lajas Cathedral looks unusual to me because one side of it seems to be a part of a bridge across the river and the other side rests on the hill. The overall look is really fascinating.
Built in 1916 inside the canyon of the Guaitara river where, according to local legend, the Virgin Mary appeared.
You can find this church in southern Colombian Department of Nariño, municipality of Ipiales, near the border with Ecuador.

15. Jubilee Church in Rome, Italy

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(Image Credits: alaninabox)
Jubilee Church has very distinctive curved walls which look like sails to me. Designed in 1996 by architect Richard Meier, the church has curved walls which serve the engineering purpose of minimizing thermal peak loads in the interior space.
The walls are made from a special cement, which contain titanium dioxide, so it destroys air pollution.
According to Borgarello “When the titanium dioxide absorbs ultraviolet light, it becomes powerfully reactive, breaking down pollutants that come in contact with the concrete.”

16. St Joseph Ukrainian Catholic Church in Chicago, IL, USA

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Maybe I’ll better don’t tell what those domes remind me (haha). Very very unusual looking building I must say. Its massiveness and gray color looks like Soviet architecture. I was amazed when I read that it was actually in USA and not somewhere In Soviet Union.
St. Joseph Ukrainian Catholic church is a is most known for its ultra-modern thirteen gold domed roof symbolizing the twelve apostles and Jesus Christ as the largest center dome.
It is celebrating its 52 years, so it was built in 1956 (if my calculations are right).
More info on Wikipedia: St Joseph Ukrainian Church

17. Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France

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Someone told that the roof of this building looks like Elvis’ hair.
Informally known as Ronchamp, the chapel of Notre Dame du Haut was completed in 1954 and is considered one of the finest examples of architecture by the late French/Swiss architect Le Corbusier.
Most interesting fact to me is that, when it rains, water pours off the slanted roof onto a fountain, creating a dramatic waterfall.
More info on Wikipedia: Notre Dame du Haut

18. Odd Church in Huntington Beach, CA, USA

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Don’t have info on that one, only this photo and the location: Huntington Beach, CA, USA.
As far as I understand it must be sponsored by Shell, because it has a huge SHELL logo on it (this statement can be absolutely different from the reality). Looks terrible overall.

19. Chapel of St. Gildas, Brittany, France

(Image Credits: Touring Boy)
This church is really odd one, sorry I have no info on it, only the words of the picture author: “This was on the canal to Carnac. Really odd church in the (seeming) middle of nowhere. ”
Mads: “This is the chapel of St-Gildas, which sits upon the bank of the Canal du Blavet in Brittany, France. “Built like a stone barn into the base of a bare rocky cliff, this was once a holy place of the Druids. Gildas appears to have travelled widely throughout the Celtic world of Corwall, Wales, Ireland and Scotland. He arrived in Brittany in about AD 540 and is said to have preached Christianity to the people from a rough pulpit, now contained within the chapel.” (from ‘Cruising French Waterways’ by Hugh McKnight p.150)”

20. Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

(Image Credits: Phillie Casablanca)
Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro looks like a Pyramid of Egypt or Aztecs.
It was built between 1964 and 1979. Conical in form it has internal diameter of 96 metres (315 ft) and an overall height of 75 metres (246 ft).  The church has a standing-room capacity of 20,000 people.
Four rectilinear stained glass windows soar 64 metres (210 ft) from floor to ceiling.

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    >Firefighters Battle Blaze at Historic Chicago Cathedral

    >CHICAGO – Firefighters battled an early morning blaze in frigid temperatures Wednesday at Holy Name Cathedral, a 134-year-old Chicago landmark and the seat of Cardinal Francis George.

    Flames shot through the church’s roof for about an hour before they were replaced by plumes of white smoke. There were no injuries.

    “Our main concern now is to try to keep the fire out of the main sanctuary area, which right now is getting a lot of water, but as I speak no fire,” said fire department spokesman Larry Langford. “The fire is confined to the roof of the church, and the attic area. Some people were inside the building when the fire broke out — they’ve all been taken out safely.”

    The fire appeared to have been burning for awhile when discovered by a member of a crew working on renovations to the cathedral, said Chicago Fire Commissioner John W. Brooks.

    Holy Name’s pastor, the Rev. Daniel Mayall, said the fire set off the sprinkler system, which kept the flames from the cathedral’s extensive wood paneling and ornate decorations. Read Entire Story

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